Eugene Hernandez named director of New York Film Festival

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ABOVE: Eugene Hernandez. (Photo from the New York Film Festival’s website)

NEW YORK (AP) | Eugene Hernandez will succeed Kent Jones as the director of the New York Film Festival, becoming only the fifth person to lead the esteemed Lincoln Center showcase for cinema in its 57-year history.

Lesli Klainberg, executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, announced the appointment Feb. 19, naming Hernandez to the top position at arguably the most revered film festival in the country. Hernandez will oversee the New York Film Festival, along with Dennis Lim, the festival’s new director of programming. Lim already presides over year-round programming for Film at Lincoln Center.

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Marvel actor reveals ‘The Eternals’ will feature married gay superhero

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Actor Haaz Sleiman. (Photo from Twitter)

It looks like Marvel is finally going to deliver on its promise to provide substantive LGBTQ representation in its “cinematic universe.”

Actor Haaz Sleiman, who is openly gay, was speaking to LGBTQ media outlet NewNowNext for a profile story when he revealed that he will be portraying the husband of a gay superhero in the studio’s upcoming film, “The Eternals,” slated for a November 2020 release.

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Bloomberg pummeled, lackluster in response in bloody Democratic debate

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Michael Bloomberg faced the wrath of Democratic candidates in a bloody Democratic debate. (Photo by NBC News; used with permission)

With Michael Bloomberg ascending in the polls, fellow candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination pummeled during him — and in some cases each other — in a bloody debate Feb. 19.

Across the stage in Las Vegas, candidates seeking to thwart Bloomberg hammered him on the “stop-and-frisk” policy, allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination and being a billionaire seeking to buy the presidency. In response, Bloomberg delivered responses that were cerebral at best, but largely seemed disengaged and lacked a presence on stage.

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Parents sue Madison schools over transgender policy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) | A group of parents filed a lawsuit Feb. 11 alleging the Madison school district’s transgender policy is unconstitutional because it prohibits teachers and staff from informing parents that their children are transgender.

Conservative law firm Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit on the parents’ behalf in Dane County Circuit Court.

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Boy Scouts of America files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Photo via the Boy Scouts of America Facebook page.

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Feb. 18 that its national organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to enable it to restructure its finances and keep the 110-year-old organization going and “equitably” pay hundreds of claims by former scouts seeking compensation for alleged sexual abused by scout leaders.

The Washington Post reports that the bankruptcy filing comes after several states and D.C. changed their statute-of-limitations laws related to child sexual abuse, clearing the way for “scores of potential lawsuits” against the Boy Scouts of America for alleged sexual abuse that took place years ago.

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Va. Senate approves bill to ban conversion therapy for minors

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The Virginia Capitol. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill that would prohibit health care providers from engaging in so-called conversion therapy for minors.

The American Psychological Association has for years condemned the practice for the harm caused to patients as well as for promoting the unsupported “notion that sexual orientation can be changed.”

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US judge dismisses lawsuit over transgender pronoun dispute

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) | A judge dismissed a professor’s lawsuit against a small, public university in Ohio that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student’s preferred gender terms.

Nicholas Meriwether’s federal lawsuit alleged that Shawnee State University officials violated his rights by compelling him to speak in a way that contradicts his Christian beliefs.

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Man charged with murder in slaying at Detroit motel

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ABOVE: Bashar Kallabat was a prominent hairdresser in Detroit. Photo from Facebook.

DETROIT (AP) | A Detroit man has been charged in the beating death of another man inside an east side motel room.

Jimmy Pickett, 24, was arraigned on Feb. 14 on first-degree felony murder, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

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LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand Minnesota ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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ABOVE: OutFront Minnesota, photo by Anne Hodson via OutFront Minnesota’s Facebook page.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) | Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the Minnesota state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight.

The proposal passed the Democratic-controlled House last year but an effort to amend it onto a larger bill on the Senate floor by Sen. Scott Dibble failed late in the session. The Minneapolis Democrat, who is openly gay, said he plans to reintroduce it this year, though he acknowledged in an interview that enacting it will be an uphill fight.

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Sony reportedly planning to introduce bisexual ‘Spider-Man’ in next movie

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man (Image courtesy Sony Pictures)

Sony Pictures is making plans for Spider-Man to come swinging back onto the screen soon – and a rumor has emerged that they want him to be bisexual.

According to a report from geek fansite We Got This Covered, the entertainment giant is looking to develop their return to the superhero franchise as a live-action movie in the vein of 2018’s “Into the Spider-Verse,” the Oscar-winning animated film featuring multiple versions of the superhero who are brought together from their respective dimensions to join forces against an enemy seeking to destroy them all.

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Va. House Democrats walk out of pastor’s opening prayer

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Robert Grant, Jr. at the Virginia House of Delegates (Screen capture via YouTube)

Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates staged a walkout Feb. 11 to protest a Republican-invited pastor’s attacks on same-sex marriage and abortion.

State Del. Michael Webert (R-Fauquier County) invited Rev. Robert Grant, Jr., a senior pastor at The Father’s Way church in Warrenton, to deliver the opening prayer before lawmakers recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Lesbian files discrimination complaint against DC Burger King

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Ingrid, a 19-year-old lesbian from D.C., has filed an anti-gay discrimination complaint against the Burger King where she works. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A lesbian who works at a D.C. Burger King says her manager harassed her because of her sexual orientation.

Ingrid, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish her last name, filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights last Dec. 23.

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